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Today's Death Notices

Keith Edward Ingraham

Lauraence “larry” F. Furner

Last Week's Obituaries

Beulah M. Ross

Published on: Friday, July 14, 2017


SHERBURNE – Beulah M. Ross, 98, of Sherburne, peacefully passed away surrounded by family Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton.

Beulah was born January 27, 1919, daughter of the late Oswald and Grace (Reynolds) Streich. She was a graduate of Sherburne High School, Class of 1937. She married Charles “Charlie” Ross in Sherburne on May 3, 1944. He predeceased her on June 28, 1996.

Beulah and Charlie met in 1941 while both were working at the Norwich Knitting Mill. During Charlie’s Army Air Corp enlistment, Beulah was a motor pool driver in the southwest during WWll. Following the war, they settled on a dairy farm on West Hill, Sherburne where her focus became raising a family. After her children graduated high school, she was employed by the Sherburne School system as a cafeteria cook until retiring in May 1992 as the head cook.

Beulah was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Sherburne and enjoyed volunteering in their activities, as well as being a daily bible reader. She was a faithful and dedicated member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Sherburne Unit #876 since joining in 1950. She also was a dedicated member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary in Norwich.

Being well-known for her gentle spirit, her flowered caps, and sharp wit; she was devoted to her family, taking every opportunity to spend time with them. For Beulah, the kitchen was her primary domain though she enjoyed knitting and crocheting for her family and friends. She was an avid newspaper and magazine reader, as well as keeping a daily journal for most of her life. She was an enthusiastic wild bird watcher and passionate caretaker of her and Charlie’s landscape, yard and gardens. Some of the loves of her life included parakeets, Siamese cats, Collies and growing African violets. A lesser known fact, she was an aspiring violinist in her youth. She was very attentive to those around her and always acknowledged everyone’s birthday and anniversary with cards. One of her favorite places was her and Charlie’s slice of heaven in the Adirondacks, called Camp Lil Bit, a loving nickname given Beulah by Charlie.

Beulah is survived by a son, Gary Ross Sr. of Sherburne; a daughter, Marjorie (Glenn) Heselton of Sterling, VA; grandchildren, Gary Ross, Jr. of Seneca, SC, April Heselton (Janelia Foizen) of Clearbrook, VA, Brian (Marcela) Heselton of Sterling, VA, and Rebecca (Charles) Lane of Sherburne; great grandchildren, Seth Lane, Bettina Heselton, Evelynn Lane, and Matteo Heselton; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Donald Streich.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 11 Chapel St., Sherburne. Interment will take place at West Hill Cemetery, Sherburne.

Friends are invited to call from 5-8 pm on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

Contributions may be made in her name to First United Methodist Church of Sherburne.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to

Kathleen S. Bates

Published on: Friday, July 14, 2017


Kathleen S. Bates, 69, of Norwich was taken by her angels on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at the Chenango Memorial Hospital following a long and heroic battle with cancer which she fought so courageously.

Kathleen was born on September 12, 1947 in Buffalo, NY the daughter of George and Maida (Sisson) Ross. She moved to Norwich at an early age with her family and was a graduate of the Norwich High School. She was a 35 year employee of the Chenango Memorial Hospital having worked in various departments. A person with a mind of her own, Kathleen was a strong individual who, at times, could be a spitfire. A kid at heart she would still give her family a Christmas list of things she wanted. She enjoyed visiting her friends, cooking and playing bingo.

Kathleen is survived by her daughters Karen (Duke) Slater of So. Plymouth, Michelle Coles and Kimberly Buyea both of Norwich, her siblings Georgette Ross, Helen Bush and George (Bonnie) Ross all of Angola, NY. Also surviving are her grandchildren Cory (Anda) Slater, Brian Slater, Christopher (Alicia) Slater, Thomas and Kaitlyn Coles, Tara, Chad and Kershia Buyea along with several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Kathleen was predeceased by her infant son Philip, her great granddaughter Autumn and her sister Dolly Diuro.

A funeral service for Kathleen will be held on Monday at 7 pm from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Jeremy Stopford will officiate. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Monday from 5-7 pm.

George Nathan Dodge Sr.

Published on: Monday, July 17, 2017


George Nathan Dodge Sr., 80 yrs. old of New Berlin, NY, formerly of Smyrna, passed away on July 10, 2017 at Chase Nursing Home, New Berlin, NY.

George was born on April 4, 1937 in Davenport Center, NY, the son of Jim & Phoebe (Hotaling) Dodge. He grew up in the New Berlin, NY area where he attended New Berlin Central School He served in the US Navy, active duty, from 1955-1957 and then in the Naval Reserves until his discharge in 1961. George was later employed by Web & Sons for over 40 years as a mechanic.

On August 16, 1958 he married Jennie M. (Whitmore) Dodge who survives him.

He is also survived by his children; Cynthia (Dodge) Anderson of Sherburne and George Dodge Jr. of Smyrna, grandchildren; Jennifer & David Moore of Morris, Harold Anderson & Jenni Mercer of Norwich and Dillon Dodge of Sherburne, great grandchildren; Madison & Hannah Moore and Caden Anderson and his brother and sister-in-law; Robert and Tosh Dodge of North Carolina.

He was predeceased by his parents as well as son-in-law; Wayne Anderson, brothers; Richard & Jim Dodge, brother & sister-in-law; Harold & Maryanne Dodge and sister and brother-in-law; Betty & Sonny Benjamin.

There will be no services.

Memorial donations in George’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

John H. Griffith

Published on: Tuesday, July 18, 2017


John H. Griffith 83, of McDonough passed away on July 13, 2017. John was born in Morris Town, NJ son of John and Marie (Boysl) Griffith who predecease him. He married the love of his life Joan (Mulcahy) Griffith on July 9, 1984, and was happily married for 33 years.

John is survived by his wife Joan, his son Rich Griffith and his brother Robert and Jackie Griffith. John is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. Private family services will take place at a later date. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

James “pete” Mcgowan

Published on: Tuesday, July 18, 2017


James “Pete” McGowan, 88 passed away on July 13, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife, Laura McGowan, his brothers Cecil McGowan, Leo McGowan, and Harold McGowan and his sister Annie Robbins.

James is survived by his son James McGowan, his daughter Debra Kuhn, his sister Elsie Dutcher, 5 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren.

James was a life member of the Christy Rock Post VFW 2782 and the Lt. Warren Eaton Post 189. He was also a member of the Norwich American Legion Fort Hill Post # 189, The Sidney Elks Club, and The Sidney Moose Club.

Memorial contributions in James’ name can be made out to the Norwich American Legion Post 189 at 29 Sheldon Street, Norwich, NY 13815.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. Private family services will take place at a later date. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Charles M. Decker

Published on: Wednesday, July 19, 2017


MT UPTON —Charles M. Decker, 67, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City.

He was born on September 8, 1949 in Bainbridge, NY, the son of the late Byron and Leslie Decker.

Charles retired from Dept. 48 at Amphenol Corp. in Sidney. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Karen (Macumber) Decker of Mt. Upton; children: Kimberly (James) Naylor of NC, Christopher (Jessica) Decker of Sidney and Jeremy (Andrea) Decker of Sidney; six grandchildren: Jessica, Corbin, Emalee, Emily, Jacob and Sophie; two great-grandchildren, Myles and Mason; and siblings: Skip (Donna) Decker of Norwich, Dick (DeEtta) Decker of Conneaut, OH, and Rudy (Wayne) Cargill of Liberty, NY.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Macumber and Millie Cowan, and brother, James Decker.

Friends are invited to call from 2:00-5:00pm on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St. Sidney. Burial will take place at a later date in Maplewood Cemetery, Mt. Upton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY 13850. Condolences may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Charles L. Collins

Published on: Friday, July 21, 2017


It’s with heavy hearts the Collins family would like it to be known of the loss of their beloved father, Charles L. Collins. He was a superman to his children and a super hero to all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All through his life, he wore many hats to provide for his soul-mate, Patricia and all of their children. He always had time to pick on his family and friends. He was quite the jokester, always having a smile on his face as big as his heart. He was predeceased by his father, Levi Collins; his mother, Viola Moon; his loving wife, Patricia Collins; his son, Charles L. Collins, Jr.; his sister, Edith; and his brother, Bill. Survivors include his daughters, Tina and Don Orlopp, of Newark, NY; Charlene Collins, of Vestal, NY; Sara and Mark Motter, of Ohio; Christal Fowlston, of Norwich; Terri and David Howe, of Sherburne; Trixie Perry and Henry Jones, Jr., of Smyrna; Theresa Collins and Richard Barley, of Sherburne; and Torri and Robert Miles, of Earlville; his sons, Charles L. Collins, III and Carrie Hathaway, of Ohio; and Henry Jones, Sr., and Irene Brower of Sherburne; 29 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; his brother, Edward and Deb Collins, of North Norwich; his sister, Barb Campbell, of Tennessee; and his canine companion, Baby Collins. Memorial services for Charles will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to R.J. Fahy Funeral Home 116 N. Broad St. Norwich.

Emelia T. Petley

Published on: Friday, July 21, 2017


Emelia T. Petley, 96, formerly of Newton Avenue, in Norwich, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 20, 2017 with family by her side.

Born March 2, 1921, in Norwich, Emelia was the daughter of Vincenzo and Angelina (Taranto) Taranto. She graduated from Norwich High School then attended the Mildred Elley Business School in Albany. After completing her studies, Emelia worked at the Norwich Pharmaceutical Company as an insurance administrator within the personnel department.

Emelia was a communicant of the Church of St. Bartholomew.

On November 28, 1963, in Norwich, Emelia married Joseph Petley. Five years after their marriage, Emelia and Joseph moved to Massachusetts. It was there that Emelia began earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. After completing her degree in 1972, she worked as an insurance administrator in Massachusetts for New England Life Ins. Co.

Upon the death of her husband in 1990, Emelia retired and returned to live in Norwich.

In addition to her parents and husband, Emelia was predeceased by her brothers, Angelo, Felix, Julian, and Emilio, and her sisters, Teresa, Rose Ann, and her twin, Edith. She is survived by 16 nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Church of St. Paul. Burial will immediately follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the church vestibule from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

The family would like to especially thank the “Angels on Earth” who provided exceptional, professional, and loving care to Emelia for many years at her home, including Wendy, Crystal, Teresa, Carol, and especially to Sandy, Erica, Laura, and Melanie. You have truly become a part of our family. The family also appreciates the care and support provided by Hospice of Chenango County.

Contributions in memory of Emelia may be made to the Church of St. Bartholomew Memorial Fund, 73 East Main Street, Norwich, NY 13815.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit:

Betty Clark Mercurio

Published on: Friday, July 21, 2017


Betty Clark Mercurio passed away on July 20, 2017, at Chenango Memorial Hospital, after a courageous six year battle with colon cancer.Betty was born on May 19, 1938 in Lebanon, NY, the daughter of Raymond and Eleanor (Barker) Clark. She held positions at the former C&U Telephone Company, Norwich-Eaton Pharmaceuticals/P&G, retiring in 1994. In her retirement, Betty continued to work, first at Raymond Corp., and later as a substitute teacher and para-educator in Norwich Elementary Schools. Betty is survived by her husband of 55 years, Samuel Mercurio; her daughter and son in law, Virginia and Kevin Yager; her grandchildren, Eric and Sara Yager; her sister and brother in law, Shirley and William Doren; a special cousin, Judy Zahalka; and several nieces, nephews and cousins as well as her treasured cat, Sheba, one of many stray and feral cats rescued by her and her husband. She was predeceased in 2001 by her son, Steven Mercurio. Over the years, Betty enjoyed gardening, reading and caring for her feline friends. She was especially proud of receiving an Associates in Business degree in 1988, 32 years after graduating high school. A graveside service for Betty will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, July 24, at Willcox Cemetery, 530 County Road 14, Earlville with Pastor David Spiegel officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to Pet Street Station, 6159 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815. Arrangements have been entrusted to R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich.

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